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Folliculitis is a skin condition that results in the inflammation of hair follicles. The symptoms include clusters of white or red bumps around the hair follicle, itchy or burning skin, and the skin becomes tender. This condition is most commonly caused due to infection with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.

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Are the blisters in the neck and buttock suggest a chlamydia infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 39-year-old male. I had a body to body massage with a girl before three years and I had a chlamydia infection. I had some blisters near my bladder and I took antibiotics Azithromycin 1 g, Cefixime 400 mg, and Doxycycline 100 mg twice a day for 14 days. I took these medicines under ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The boils in the buttocks or neck appear due to folliculitis. Avoid friction or irritation or applying pressure in these areas. Avoid trimming the hair too short. Clean the area gently with warm water. You can try using topical antibiotic creams like Fucidin (Fusidic ac...  Read Full »

I have a recurrent rash behind my ear. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a repeated rash behind my ear. I am pretty poor. So, doctors are not easy to come by. It just pops up sometimes.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have erythematous (red) papules (bumps) behind the ear. I can list a few possibilities: Papular eczema. Allergic contact dermatitis. Insect bite reaction. I would like to know: Is ...  Read Full »

How can I differentiate between scabies, flea bites, bed bug, and folliculitis in my practice?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a general practitioner. I struggle to differentiate these conditions: scabies, flea bite, bed bug and folliculitis. I would really appreciate your clinical knowledge and goodwill in enlightening me about this, so I can provide better care for our patients.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query. Scabies is caused by mites. In this, the patient presents with nocturnal itching with burrows over the web space of hands. In flea bite or bed bug bite, you may find itchy erythematous papules that may be localized or generalized depending up...  Read Full »

I had developed a few bumps around my genital area. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I had developed a few bumps around my genital area. What to do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It appears to be folliculitis (minor bacterial infection). So, I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below. 1. Apply Fucidin (steroidal antibiotic) cream during the daytime for seven days. 2. T...  Read Full »

Do recurrent burning wounds and cuts between leg and scrotum points herpes?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 22-year-old male. Today I woke up and before taking a shower I felt a burning sensation when I touched the spot between my left leg and my scrotum, then I discovered some wounds, similar to cuts in the area, they were not there yesterday. I also have to mention that they had appe...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What is the complaint in it? Is it on one side or both sides? Have you ever noticed any blisters? What is your profession? Looking forward to your response in order to help you.  Read Full »

I have small red bumps on both sides of the bottom corners of my mouth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have small red bumps on both sides of the bottom corners of my mouth. They look like small pimples, but they are not very bumpy. It seems like it is more just redness in little pimple areas rather than actual bumps like pimples would be. I was given Metronidazole and I used it twice a...  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It seems superficial folliculitis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). In this condition you get small red lesions with yellowish pustules. Use the following medications: Cream T-Bact (Mupirocin). Apply twice a day on the affe...  Read Full »

I have pimple-like bumps in my pubic area. Could this be an STD?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. Over the past two weeks, I have been having pimple like bumps in my pubic area. When I noticed the first one, I tried popping it, and it did not disappear, in fact, it got worse. Two more bumps appeared, less than a week after I tried popping the first one. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvina Attavar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description and pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), you seem to be having folliculitis. It is a bacterial infection of the hair follicle. I suggest taking a course of an antibiotic, Cephalexin 500 mg, twice daily for five days. You coul...  Read Full »

Why is my lymph nodes swollen with a painful red bump?

Query: Hi doctor, After shaving my face six days ago, I saw a big red bump on the right side of my nose above the mustache. At first, I thought it might be a pimple. Last week, I felt something wrong on my throat and visited a doctor. Doctor said lymph node inflammation and prescribed me Penicillin. Doct...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Two broad differential diagnoses are folliculitis or HSV 1 (herpes simplex virus) infection (most likely). I would want you to know that we all are exposed to HSV-1 and it could spread without sexual contact. It stays in the ganglion (nerve endings) and pops up w...  Read Full »

I have a red and itchy, medium swollen bump on my left inner labia. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, There is a medium bump that looks swollen on my left inner labia, right next to my vagina. It is red and a bit yellowish, and it is itchy. I am not sure when or how it got there or what it is. I just noticed it a few minutes ago because it was itching quite a bit. I am not sure what to...  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Rathod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. This could be because of hair folliculitis or some vaginal infection that is causing the problem. Please get yourself checked by a gynecologist and get a vaginal swab test done. Avoid having sex till then. Wear cotton inner wears and loose un...  Read Full »

What might be the cause of white pimple-like lesion on my penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a pimple-like thing on my penis. It looks like an oval bump. I have had this once before, but I just thought of it as a heat pimple. But this time the pimple has a whitish color to it at the top too, like a small whitish bump, and the rest of the penis also looks like a bump. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Regarding your symptoms, I believe you have infected penile folliculitis. Do you shave your genitals every time? Folliculitis is an inflammatory reaction of the skin's hair that may have generated pus. Consult your doc...  Read Full »

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